Update: 28 February from Helen Allton

Dear all,

On this rather dreary Monday, even if the weather is murky and overcast, we DO have reasons to be cheerful and optimistic about a return to real bellringing in the coming months. Do read the roadmap to ringing resumption below.

Readers might like to watch the youtube entries on maths and bellringing, and Plain Bob to place bells. Allow an hour for each.

Please note the Guild Management Committee are meeting on Saturday 6 March. Should anyone have any thoughts or items they wish to raise, then please send contributions to Alex Dyer, our Chair, and Nick Elks as the GMC Rep by Friday 5 March.

Best wishes,



Let’s start with what I’m sure you’re all wanting to hear. The Government’s announcement of the roadmap for the country to leave lockdown has been discussed by the CCCBR and the CofE Recovery team. While dates remain open to change, and we can expect further details will emerge, there is a plan to open up ringing in accordance with the easing of lockdown nationally. This can be read here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/02/26/roadmap-to-ringing-resumption/ Limited ringing may be able to start as of 17th May, which I know is still some way off. But we could well be ringing come summer, and that has to be cause for optimism. 

Now is the time to plan a tower inspection, write or revisit your risk assessment and keep in touch with your band. 

That’s interesting… 

Another television visit to Inverary to see the bells. This time Paul Murton is visiting different Scottish Lochs and drops in to the bell tower. Starts at ~ 23 minutes in. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000spt7

Plain bob to place bells. A different way of learning. https://youtu.be/unrDIwf6oKk

Another video showing the links between bellringing and maths. You may not have been an A* student, but you are using maths and group theory every time you ring. You can feel very smug about that. https://youtu.be/EHRZswpnnxU

The smallest people can ring the biggest bells. Even if that’s not your aim, this lets you in to some of the tips to ring more efficiently. https://youtu.be/ik4KuWgM_g8

Puzzle corner

A couple that will keep you quiet for ages this week. Legendary crossword setter Araucaria would have been 100 years old last week. To honour that, the Guardian found a few of his old puzzles, including 2 that are a fiendish offspring of plain bob doubles and a cryptic crossword. I wish you luck… 


The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers represents 65 different societies and associations, of which we are one. This puzzle is to fit the words in association titles into a grid. Organising bellringers is probably a bit like getting cats to walk in a parade! https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/257034742568590

I think if the conductor called these you might be a little surprised. Can you unravel the anagrams and work out what the band is supposed to be ringing? https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/250488523223212

Let’s Get Outside

The church is running a “Let’s get out in Lent” campaign to connect with nature. That’s good for the soul regardless of your religious inclination. So get yourself outside, hug a tree, smell the flowers and connect to nature in all its glory. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S3J_IJETNPPZC5LGiKCc4372G5q2GP5D/view

Central Council updates.

The President is clearly feeling his age. The 80s are olden times, discuss? The 80s were my formative years so perhaps we’d better not… https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/02/23/presidents-blog-28/

For those looking to arrange work or fund raising, the Listed Places of Worship Grant scheme is to continue. 

What’s next on the reading list? 

I’m a bit of a bookworm. I’m sure most ringers have heard of Dorothy L Sayers’ book “The Nine Tailors”, which has a ringing theme. But what other books are there that mention ringing? 
Bats in the Belfry by ECR Lorac maybe??
I bought it based on the title, but that misleads slightly. The Belfry in question is the name of a tower, and there are no bells beyond doorbells. Good mystery though. 
Available from British Library Crime Classics series. https://shop.bl.uk/products/bats-in-the-belfry-a-london-mystery  

Next week is the Guild Management Committee. Your branch Chair and GMC rep should be attending. Get any thoughts and comments to them, so that your views are heard. 



Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

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